Callistemon rigidus (Stiff Bottlebrush) is an evergreen shrub native to Australia. Here's some information about the Stiff Bottlebrush:
Appearance: Stiff Bottlebrush is a medium-sized shrub that typically grows to a height of 6 to 12 feet (1.8 to 3.6 meters) with a similar spread. It has a dense and upright growth habit with stiff, rigid branches. The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and around 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long. They are dark green and leathery in texture.
Flowers: Stiff Bottlebrush produces cylindrical flower spikes that resemble a bottlebrush, hence the common name. The flower spikes are typically 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 centimeters) long and are composed of numerous individual flowers. The flowers have long, prominent stamens that give the spikes a brush-like appearance. The color of the flowers can vary but is often a vibrant shade of red.
Habitat and Range: Stiff Bottlebrush is native to the southeastern regions of Australia, including New South Wales and Victoria. It thrives in a variety of habitats, including coastal areas, forests, and scrublands.
Landscape Use: Stiff Bottlebrush is popularly used in landscaping and gardens as an ornamental shrub. It is valued for its striking bottlebrush-like flowers, which attract birds and pollinators. It can be planted as a specimen plant, in mixed borders, or as a hedge. The vibrant flowers provide visual interest.
Maintenance: Stiff Bottlebrush is relatively low-maintenance. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Regular watering is necessary during the establishment period, but once established, it becomes more drought-tolerant. Pruning is generally not required but can be done to shape the plant or remove any dead or damaged branches.
Wildlife Attraction: The flowers of Stiff Bottlebrush are rich in nectar, attracting birds, bees, and butterflies. It is known to be particularly attractive to honeyeater birds, which feed on the nectar.